Japan’s flagship festival is kicking off amid a resurgence of the local box office, where local animation hit ‘Demon Slayer’ earned more than $100 million in 10 days.
The Tokyo Global Film Festival kicked off its 33rd edition Saturday with an abbreviated red carpet and a series of shot ops featuring Japanese stars separated by plexiglass dividers. Representatives of the international film community, meanwhile, including Robert De Niro, Christopher Nolan and Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux, beamed into the event via a series of video messages wishing the festival well amid the challenges of COVID-19.
Local film figures turned out in force for the opening ceremony, reflecting organizers’ determination to forge ahead with a grandly staged physical event in spite of the myriad health and safety restrictions that have made the 2020 festival a downsized, mainly domestic occasion.
“Since spring, we’ve been contemplating whether or not to hold the festival due to the ……
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